Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass professor develops improved biofuel processing method

By Matthew M. Robare

September 8, 2010

A chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts developed an improved method of converting wood into synthetic fuels. “We’re focused on lignocellulosic biomass,” said Assistant Professor Paul Dauenhauer. “What ...

OIT pulls the plug on wired Internet

By Tim Jones

September 6, 2010

After a successful test pilot of wireless internet in Butterfield Hall in the Central residential area last year, the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) has installed additional wireless Internet routers in various dorms...

UM researchers develop phone app to help rescue Gulf wildlife

By Michelle Williams

September 6, 2010

A new smart phone application developed by four University of Massachusetts researchers allows users working on relief projects in the Gulf of Mexico to submit photos and the location of endangered animals and wildlife to rescue...

PCBs discovered in Southwest during renovations

By Sam Butterfield

September 6, 2010

Toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found this summer in areas throughout the Southwest concourse while crews performed renovation work on the residential area, according to a University release. After the compounds...

Introducing’s iPhone, Android apps

By Staff

May 11, 2010

We know you can't get enough of us, so we've added another way to keep in touch. And, as always, it's free. iPhone users can download our mobile app via the App Store directly from their device or through iTunes on their co...

Google: UMass discontinuing Google Apps service potentially unprecedented

By Matt Rocheleau

May 11, 2010

It's not often to hear Google has failed at anything, but according to the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Google Apps service offered at the beginning of the school year has failed to catch on with students. University...

The Norwottuck Trail finds itself a pain in the glass and planning

By Chelsea Whitton

May 2, 2010

The Norwottuck Rail Trail, an 11-mile stretch that winds through Belchertown, Amherst, Hadley and Northampton, Massachusetts, presents its users with preserved land, the Connecticut River, a view of the mountains and fresh New...

Watch your waste: Can students saving energy save the word?

By Danielle Kahn

May 2, 2010

Every morning Kassaundra Pereira, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, wakes up to an alarm on her phone. After she gets out of bed, she flicks on her light. She then makes her way to the bathroom where she showers...

National Geographic Speaker discusses human connection with trees

By Chelsea Whitton

April 28, 2010

In coordination with National Arbor Day on April 30 and as part of the “Spring 2010 TEI Environmental Lecture Series,” the University of Massachusetts hosted a lecture by Nalini Nadkarni, a National Geographic Speaker, Tuesday...

Commonwealth Honors College Hosts Lectures on Sustainability and Environment

By Kat Manser

April 28, 2010

As part of the 40th Earth Day and Commonwealth Honors College’s tenth birthday, a series of “Daffodil Lectures” were held in the Integrated Sciences Building on sustainability and the environment last Saturday. The lecture...

UMass’ Second Life: Do virtual worlds hold the future of online education?

By Max Calloway

April 22, 2010

Several UMass professors and graduate students have been turning to the massive online community of “Second Life” in an attempt to revolutionize the way education is delivered online, and they are not alone.  “Second...

Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute expands research lab in Springfield

By Jennifer Heshion

April 14, 2010

The Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI) announced the beginning of a $4.3 million project on April 13, to expand the research space of the former engineering manufacturing building in Springfield thus making way for...